1. Please state the number of offence records listed in your crime database that contain the word “Uber”.
Please identify these by conducting a free text search of your crime database, and provide information for the calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018 and the current year to the end of May (January 1st 2019 to 31st May 2019)
2. Please provide a breakdown of the kind of offences recorded that contain these keywords for this keywords.
3. Please provide an anonymised copy of free text report for each incident recorded. If this is too onerous, please focus on crimes of a sexual nature.
We can confirm that relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while information attached for Question 1 and 2 .I am afraid that I am not required to release all of the information requested. Please see attached
REASONS FOR DECISION
The withheld information for Question 3 is exempt by virtue of 14(1)
An initial inspection of the data revealed that as a result of the keyword search information was retrieved where “uber” was mentioned, some data showed where uber was part of a word and others show that some crimes were recorded but were not in relation to uber. for example. Individual was attacked while waiting for an uber / overheard by an uber driver / whilst picking up food for Uber Eats`, or `was dropped of by Uber
There it would require a significant amount of work in terms of ensuring it is sanitised to a sufficient level to not only ensure personal data is not disclosed but also ensure no investigations or sensitive statistical data is disclosed. Therefore section 14(1) is engaged as the amount of time required to review and prepare the information for disclosure would impose a grossly oppressive burden on the organisation.